Our Collections

The Botanic Garden consists of both outside areas (The Gardens) and inside areas (The Glasshouses). In total the site covers 2 hectares and is bounded to the north by the High Street, to the east by the river Cherwell, to the west by Rose Lane and to the south by Christ Church meadows. The Glasshouses cover approximately 600 m2. There are approximately 5000 different plant species growing at the Botanic Gardens, making it one of the most biodiverse areas of land in the World.

The collections are used in teaching, research and conservation.

Today, people of all ages and backgrounds use the Garden. Undergraduates studying biological sciences and related subjects at the University of Oxford visit the Garden to learn about many aspects of plant biology. Over 6,500 school children visit the Garden each year as part of our Schools Education Programme. Many of these children visit our glasshouses, such as the Palm House, where they find cocoa, oranges, bananas and vanilla and the Cactus House where they can escape to the desert. Through-life-learning at the Garden ensures that adults as well as children can benefit from the Garden's Education Programme. Each year more than 5,000 adults attend courses and tours at the Garden to learn more about botany, horticulture and gardening.

Finally many gardeners come to our Garden to seek inspiration. In the beds and borders throughout the Garden you may find new plants that would be perfect in your garden at home and partly for this reason we strive to label every plant in the Garden clearly and accurately.


The Herbaceous Border in late summer       Bananas in the Glasshouses       Plant label on the medicinal beds       Callistemon in flower in the Glasshouses